The Management and staff of the Births and Deaths Registry have been commended for automating their operation and services by piloting an online payment portal on Ghana.gov, and also establishing a call centre to respond to public enquiries.
They were also encouraged to work hard to create a safe and friendly environment for the registration of births and deaths in the country.
The commendation came at the launch of the Mobile Mass Registration Exercise and publicizing the need to register births and deaths events at the Registry’s new office located within the National Association of Local Government Authority (NALAG) building in Accra.
Launching the registration exercise, the Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Hon. Daniel Botwe stressed the government’s commitment to strengthen the identity management eco-system in the country by ensuring that policies, laws, regulations and guidelines were available and implemented at all times.
He said the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD), which is responsible for Births and Deaths, spearheaded the enactment of the Registration of the Births and Deaths Act 2020 (Act 1027), passed by Parliament and assented to by H. E. President Akufo-Addo in October 2020. The Act ensures that the Registry’s operations are decentralised and its functions are clearly outlined.
He noted that the revised legal frameworks mandate the Registry to develop a robust and credible registration system which ensures that every birth and death that occurs in the country is registered within a specified time.
He disclosed that birth registration is free from zero to twelve month and similarly, death registration within the first ten days after occurrence is also at no cost.
Source: MLGDRD Public Relations Unit